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1971 Chevrolet Shortbed Hidden Receiver Hitch Kit - Trailer Duty

Early Classic Enterprises' Hidden Hitch Setup

Calin Head
Feb 1, 2008
Photographers: Early Classic Enterprises
Photo 2/18   |   1971 Chevy Shortbed hauling Trailer
Having a cool classic truck doesn't mean you can't tow a trailer. With the ever-increasing popularity of classic trucks becoming daily-drivers again, the need to tow something is constantly popping up. Whether it's a motorcycle, a boat, or a classic travel trailer, there's always something begging to tag along. Unfortunately, there's nothing more unattractive than a trailer hitch hanging below the rear bumper. Early Classic Enterprises (ECE) has solved this dilemma with its hidden receiver hitch kit. This Class IV hitch mounts behind the stock license plate box of '67-'72 GM pickups. The hitch remains hidden until needed, then, with a flip of the license plate and insertion of the extended ball mount, you're ready to tow.
Early Classic offers hitches for '67-'72 C10 and C20 pickups, as well as Blazers and Suburbans of the same era. The hitches are available individually or in kit form. The kits include: hitch, license plate flip frame, extended ball mount, plug-in trailer wiring harness, and all necessary hardware. They are designed to coexist with the factory spare tire and will also work in conjunction with ECE's aftermarket stainless steel fuel tank. The powdercoated finish will provide years of rust-free service, and the 500-pound tongue/5,000-pound tow ratings are plenty stout for most any trailer duty.
Photo 3/18   |   1971 Chevy Shortbed kit
Follow along as we take a short trip to Fresno, California, and watch the pros at ECE install one of their hidden hitch kits on a '71 Chevy shortbed.
What's In The Box?
Early Classic's kit is simple and well-thought-out. It is supplied with all necessary components. You will get a powdercoated Class IV hitch with matching ball mount, a flip-up license plate bracket, and all the necessary wiring and hardware. All you will need are a few basic tools and a little time.
Photo 4/18   |   1971 Chevy Shortbed under Shortbed
Part One: The Install

ECE's hitch mounts to the bottom of the frame. Although the hitch was designed to work with the spare tire in place, this particular shortbed is missing its spare tire and hanger, making the installation a bit easier.

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Tech Tip

Hitch Classifications
Hitches are rated for Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) and tongue weight (TW). Before you choose a hitch, you'll need to find out how much your trailer weighs loaded and the tongue weight. The following classification will help you determine the right hitch, once you know how much you will be towing:
Class I:
GVWR as much as 2,000 pounds, TW as much as 200 pounds
Class II:
GVWR as much as 3,500 pounds, TW as much as 350 pounds
Class III:
GVWR as much as 5,000 pounds, TW as much as 500 pounds
Class IV:
GVWR as much as 10,000 pounds, TW as much as 1,000 pounds plus
Class V:
Indicates a heavy-duty frame-mounted hitch, designed for towing more than 10,000 pounds
Photo 18/18   |   1971 Chevy Shortbed ece Sale
The Final Word
If you've slapped in a new wood bed floor, or if you have gone through the expense of repainting your existing steel bed floor, then odds are good that you won't be hauling anything sharp or heavy anytime soon. This means you'll need to hitch up a trailer to your classic sport truck. What better way to do that than with a clean, hidden hitch? Call the guys at ECE now, drop $209 for this complete kit, and if you mention that you read about the hitch in Sport Truck, they'll also throw in a free mystery goodie bag of swag.


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